The Night of the Iguana
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Richard Burton, Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr star in Academy Award-winning director John Huston's adaptation of playwright Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana. Defrocked, alcoholic former priest T. Lawrence Shannon (Burton) has fallen far in his quest to sate his base, libidinous urges. Now working as a tour guide in Mexico for a group of female American schoolteachers, Shannon is caught with one of the women at the start of a night of alcohol and tropical heat that rips away the façades of repression that cover the perversions and personal demons of all members of the tour group.]]>
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Top Customer Reviews
Burton gives one of his best tortured soul performances, which is only surpassed by his George in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolff?" Fresh off of his star making appearance in "Cleopatra" he displays the lessons he learned in screen acting from soon to be wife Elizabeth Taylor. Here he is not the great stage actor making a movie but a fine and immensely watchable film actor at the top of his craft.
Deborah Kerr is in top form too as a spinster artist down on her luck and at her ropes end. She is as always a fine actress who never disappoints the viewer. Sue Lyon of "Lolita" fame turns in a pitch perfect performance as a spoiled teenaged girl on the loose during a cheap vacation bus tour of Mexico. She is so good at being a brat that one forgets she is acting a part. She hits the mark of overdramatic teen in such a way that at first one thinks she is a poor actress, "Copa de Oro Larry..." but in fact it is right on the money.
Grayson Hall nearly steals the picture as the leader of the touring Baptist ladies. She is simply superb as a closeted lesbian drawn to Sue Lyon as both suppressed object of sexual desire and protective jealous mother figure. She is a joy to watch and a tragedy to witness.
But of all of Burton's ladies in the film this movie belongs to Ava Gardner. Here the famed beauty is blousy, raucous, delicious, and so ready for steaming that at 40 she hits her prime as a sexy real woman who knows who she is and what life is all about.Read more ›
All of the other supporting actors did a fine job as well. Grayson Hall as the controlling and neurotic Miss Fellowes was amazing.
This was an all around great movie that I know that I'll watch many more times in the coming years.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
EXcellent Movie! One of Tennesse Williams BEST! Richard Burton plays the allegedly "defrocked" and alcoholic priest "Lawrence T. Shannon. Read morePublished 1 day ago by ReadySetGo
A favorite classic movie ; great story by some of Hollywood's best actors.Published 4 days ago by Robert G. Clarke
enjoyed watching Richard Burton, Ava Gardner and the others in this strange, but engrossing story about damaged, but human soulsPublished 1 month ago by c cox
A Great film for lovers of comedy-drama. The entire cast is WonderfulPublished 2 months ago by jim crawford
Elsewhere in an earlier run through of Tennessee Williams’ plays I noted that he was always interested in taking a peek at the seamy side of human existence, liked to look... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alfred Johnson